The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) on Monday (July 27) commemorated the symbolic “100 millionth baby” identified six years ago.
The Philippine population reached 100 million on July 27, 2014 as 100 babies were born past midnight that day in state hospitals across 19 cities and 81 provinces.
POPCOM, based in Mandaluyong City, said that the “Day of the 100 Millionth Baby” served as the “barometer of the government and other organizations’ provision of resources in overall health, education, and empowerment” of all Filipinos.
“POPCOM continues to closely monitor the said children’s growth and development, which are indicators in determining the government’s capacity to respond to the evolving needs of the entire Philippine population,” its statement read.
In a statement, Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III said the birth of those babies “embodied hope, but at the same time posed a challenge” for the government and communities to ensure their welfare and well-being, given the country’s limited resources.
“The lives of the said children reflect too the ‘enormous task’ of Philippine society, particularly on parents, government agencies, civil society, academe, as well as other stakeholders, to work together, make every birth of a child wanted, and ensure every Filipino child is able to live in a healthy, productive, and livable environment. This is under the premise that their health, education and other basic development needs are well provided,” Perez added.
POPCOM’s executive director noted that the commemoration “further strengthened” the relevance of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) in pursuing national and local development.
“The welfare of our people should be the common denomination in everything that the government does. Every Filipino is valued, and no one should be left behind in terms of improvement in the quality of life,” Perez said.
POPCOM marked the event premiering an audio-visual presentation on its Facebook page, featuring the current state of living of some of the abovementioned kids. Its 16 regional officers also conducted relevant activities focusing on the lives of Filipino children.
The agency also distributed promotional materials nationwide to further increase awareness of the commemoration, and released a proprietary monitoring tool to its regional offices to access the children’s present state of health, nutrition, and socioeconomic support system.